Sports Photography Techniques

December 1, 2016


Action and sports photography is challenging but very exciting. The key to getting good pictures is to set your camera up properly before the event begins, so that when things kick off you can forget about your settings and focus on the action.

Photography Mad’s camera settings are an excellent place to start. They work well in all situations and will help you get sharp, detailed photos with plenty of atmosphere and interest. Click here to read.

PS. Shoot in RAW, not JPG.

Back Button Auto Focus

December 1, 2016

Kalman & Pabst Studio Visit

November 7, 2016

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Commercial Photography has another field trip in store this week. On Thu, 11/10 we will be visiting Kalman & Pabst, Cleveland’s premier photo studio. KP is located at 3907 Perkins Ave downtown, just east and north of CSU’s main campus. We’ll meet at 3:30pm, 15 minutes later than regular class time to allow for travel.



The Case for Professional Photographers

November 3, 2016

File Under: You Get What You Pay For

Well, that happened. The Tribe was SO CLOSE. But Cleveland is a Championship City. And when we win big, we want it documented properly. See more about how some in Chicago got it right, and others – not so much.


The Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series last night after 108-year drought. But what has some photojournalists talking are the cover photos published by two of Chicago’s biggest newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

As you might remember, the Sun-Times (the 8th largest paper in the US by circulation) laid off its entire staff of photographers back in 2013 and then sent a memo to its reporters about training them in iPhone photography.

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The Tribune (the 10th largest paper), on the other hand, still employs its own staff photojournalists. One of these is Brian Cassella, who shot the latest cover photo.

Perhaps due to these differing views on photography, photo industry pundits immediately began pointing out the differences in the front page photos immediately after they left the presses.

Read more at Peta Pixel.


Steven Mastroianni Studios Visit

October 27, 2016

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Steven Mastroianni is a full time professional photographer, with several hundred weddings to his credit. He is also a college professor, and has been working as an artist and photographer in the Cleveland area since 1988. Mastroianni has a BFA in photography from The Cleveland Institute of Art, where he also studied painting, printmaking, and video. He continues to make and exhibit original art work in various galleries to this day.

Steven Mastroianni will host our Commercial Photography class at his studio on Tue, November 1st. We will meet at 3:30pm to allow for travel time (regular class time is 3:15pm)

His studio is located at 2687 W 14th Street in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.


William Eggleston, Pioneer of Color Photography

October 20, 2016


At 77, Eggleston is mischievous, beguiling, puzzling and fascinating, all in nearly equal measure. He has been called a legend and an icon. He is frequently referred to as “the godfather of color photography,” even though the sensational 1976 solo exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art that established him as such was widely panned at the time. “Critics and so forth obviously weren’t really looking at this stuff,” he says today. “Didn’t bother me a bit. I laughed at ’em.”

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Lighting Poster

October 4, 2016
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Just for Fun

October 1, 2016


Cleveland Print Room Photography Exhibition

September 26, 2016


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Perpetual Ephemera: The Works of Preston Buchtel, Ryn Clarke, Hadley K Conner, and Raheleh Mohammad
Friday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 9 p.m

The Fall gallery schedule begins with Perpetual Ephemera, a group show featuring the work of four area artists — Preston Buchtel, Ryn Clarke, Hadley K Conner, and Raheleh Mohammad – creating mixed media pieces and assemblages incorporating a variety of photographic processes. It opens with a reception Friday, Sept. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m., with a gallery talk Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. It runs through Saturday, Nov. 5.

Raheleh Mohammad is an Iranian born who currently lives and works in Ohio. Photography for her is a visual experience, which allows her to capture the moments that could either convey a narrative or a fading reality in a poetic interpretation. Her focus in this exhibition is ‘distance’ and its perception in the broadest sense.

Ryn Clarke is a visual artist and photographer exploring the image-making process using a variety of photographic processes, including hand-coloring, photopolymer gravure, hand made papers, print making and encaustics.  This new work focuses on an ever-changing natural world – beautiful, even in its decay.

Preston Buchtel primarily works in the mediums of painting, collage, and photography, he often combines them, creating mixed media works.  In this exhibition, he is showing small collage/mixed media pieces drawn from work made over the past twenty years.

Hadley K Conner works exclusively with film, generating images in the darkroom using traditional and alternative photographic processes. The subject matter in this show stems from an ongoing investigation of those who embrace both the past and a sense of theatricality within designated spaces, specific events and their daily lives. Free for Cleveland Public Library Cardholders

September 22, 2016


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